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Title 18 : Health


Subchapter 002 : Licensing Food and Lodging Establishments

(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 4351)
  • § 4351. License from Department of Health

    (a) A person shall not operate or maintain a food manufacturing facility, retail food establishment, lodging establishment, children's camp, seafood vending facility, or any other place in which food is prepared and served, unless he or she obtains and holds from the Commissioner a license authorizing such operation. All licenses shall be displayed in a manner as to be easily viewed by the public.

    (b)(1) A person shall not knowingly and willingly sell or offer for sale a bulk product manufactured by a bakery, regardless of whether the bakery is located inside or outside the State, unless the operator of the bakery holds a valid license from the Commissioner.

    (2) The Commissioner shall not grant a license to a bakery located outside the State unless:

    (A) the person operating the bakery:

    (i) has consented in writing to the Department's inspection and paid the required fee; or

    (ii) has presented to the Department satisfactory evidence of inspection and approval from the proper authority in his or her state and paid the required fee; and

    (B) inspection of the bakery confirms that it meets the laws and rules of this State.

    (c) The Commissioner may issue a temporary license for no more than 90 days. The temporary license shall state the conditions under which it is issued.

    (d) If the Commissioner does not renew a license, he or she shall provide written notice to the licensee. The notice shall specify any changes necessary to conform with State rules and shall state that if compliance is achieved within the time designated in the notice, the license shall be renewed. If the licensee fails to achieve compliance within the prescribed time, the licensee shall have an opportunity for a hearing.

    (e) Any licensee or applicant aggrieved by a decision or order of the Commissioner may appeal to the Board of Health within 30 days of that decision. Hearings by the Board under this section shall be subject to the provisions of 3 V.S.A. chapter 25 relating to contested cases. The Board shall consider the matter de novo and all persons, parties, and interests may appear and be heard. The Board shall issue an order within 30 days following the conclusion of the hearing.

    (f) If a licensee fails to renew his or her license within 60 days of its expiration date, a licensee shall apply for a new license and meet all licensure requirements anew. (Amended 1959, No. 329 (Adj. Sess.), § 27, eff. March 1, 1961; 1969, No. 242 (Adj. Sess.), eff. April 2, 1970; 1973, No. 98, § 7, eff. July 1, 1973; 1989, No. 103, § 1; 2017, No. 76, § 5.)